Circ Highway project clears major hurdle

To compensate for the unavoidable impacts of the Circ A/B Corridor, VTrans has proposed a mitigation plan that includes the protection of nearly 500 acres of wetland and wildlife habitat.

With the LEDPA in hand, VTrans can now issue its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Circ-Williston project, identifying the Circ A/B Boulevard as the Preferred Alternative. A 30-day public comment period follows the issuance of the FEIS, after which Federal Highway officials will issue their Record of Decision. The Record of Decision is FHWA's formal decision document under the National Environmental Policy Act.

Other permits are needed before construction can begin. VTrans hopes to complete design and permitting work such that construction could begin in 2013.

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